Elmiron Lawsuit Lawyers

An Elmiron lawsuit demands compensation for injuries caused by this dangerous drug. Patients prescribed this medication to treat interstitial cystitis and who suffered harm have the right to file a claim for damages. There are many lawsuits already filed against the manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

If you have used Elmiron and suffered any vision changes, vision loss, or macular degeneration, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Our dangerous drug lawyers can help you demand justice.

Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium) is a prescription drug used to treat bladder pain and discomfort associated with interstitial cystitis (IC), a chronic bladder condition known as painful bladder syndrome or bladder pain syndrome.

Patients often take Elmiron continuously for years or even decades. The drug is a weak blood thinner and works as a bladder protectant to treat bladder discomfort. The drug was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1996. The popularly prescribed medication has sales of more than $150 million a year.

Contact an Elmiron lawyer today to see how we can help you file a claim. Our legal team can answer your questions and help you seek compensation.

Does Elmiron Cause Vision Loss?

In 2018, researchers at the Emory Eye Center at the Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta alerted the public that taking Elmiron is linked to the retinal condition maculopathy. Nieraj Jain, M.D., of Emory Eye Center in Atlanta, Ga., reported that six patients who had been taking Elmiron for about 15 years had developed unusual changes in their macula.

The researchers investigated the patients’ complete medical histories to determine if other medical conditions, like diabetes, caused the condition. However, the only common link for these patients was the long use of Elmiron.

Dr. Jain and his colleagues then warned the flag that long-term use of Elmiron may damage the retina. This could lead to vision loss and permanent blindness.

Maculopathy, or macular degeneration, is a disease that affects the back of the retina, the macula. The macula controls your ability to read, see fine details, and recognize faces and colors. Maculopathy is a progressive disease that can lead to central vision loss, which means you have difficulty seeing details or colors of an object you’re looking at, but can see everything around it.

Maculopathy or macular degeneration is painless. The initial symptoms include distortion of images. Examples are if an object looks deformed or smaller than its actual size. As the disease progresses, symptoms include:

  • Impaired vision
  • Total loss of vision, or blindness
  • Difficulty reading
  • Difficulty adapting to dim lighting, especially night vision
  • Vision disturbances or distorted vision
  • Eye discomfort and pain

Side Effects of Elmiron

Like all prescription medications, Elmiron has some known side effects, including:

  • Bruising and discoloration of the skin
  • Stomach issues, including diarrhea
  • Digestive problems, including gastroesophageal reflux
  • Dizziness and headaches
  • Skin problems, like rashes
  • Problems with sleeping
  • Hair loss

These side effects are problematic and frustrating, but not as life-changing as a loss of vision.

Recent studies have shown that the use of Elmiron can lead to vision damage and blindness. It is important to keep track of any side effects you have experienced from Elmiron so that you can discuss them with your attorney.  The form of macular degeneration attributed to taking Elmiron is called “pigmentary maculopathy of unknown etiology.”

Has Elmiron Been Recalled?

No, Elmiron has not been recalled, and is in fact still available and prescribed. It is believed that more than one million people in the United States suffer from interstitial cystitis, and Elmiron is the only oral FDA-approved medication specifically for interstitial cystitis.

In June 2020 the FDA announced that Janssen will include a warning against eye injury on Elmiron’s future labeling. Prior to this, the pharmaceutical company did not provide a warning label that the drug could cause blindness and other vision problems.

Even though multiple medical studies published in 2018 have demonstrated the drug was linked to permanent and irreversible visual conditions, Janssen did not warn consumers, physicians, or pharmacists of this problem.

Are There Ongoing Elmiron Lawsuits?

There are currently many lawsuits filed against Janssen for not warning about the risk of vision impairment caused by the drug. Most recently, a woman in Nevada filed a lawsuit against Janssen Pharmaceuticals alleging that Elmiron caused her to develop maculopathy.

She has been taking Elmiron since 2012 and her vision began to deteriorate after taking the medication for six years.

Eligibility Criteria for the Elmiron Drug Lawsuit

Elmiron lawsuits filed allege that Janssen Pharmaceuticals harmed patients by failing to warn them of the potential complication of vision loss and blindness. Drug manufacturers are required to put serious complications on product warning labels so consumers are aware of the medication risks. Researchers at Emory University investigated the early clinical trials of the prescription from back in the 1990s. They found that almost 2,500 patients who took the drug for up to four years had vision problems.

Despite study results from respected medical institutions, the makers of Elmiron failed to place any warnings on the label. It also did not give information about vision loss to prescribing physicians. Men and women with vision loss from Elmiron are suing Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The lawsuits demand settlement compensation payouts for your damages.

For every dangerous drug lawsuit, there is a set of criteria to qualify for a claim.

Currently, the criteria to file a claim is:

  • You must have used the prescription medication for a minimum of at least two years
  • Changes in your vision started while taking Elmiron, or occurred and were diagnosed within one year of stopping the use of Elmiron

If you are unsure whether you meet the criteria or qualify for the case, contact our Elmiron lawsuit lawyers immediately.

The first step is to contact a prescription drug lawsuit attorney to discuss your case. Our experienced lawyers will listen to your story to determine if you meet the case criteria.

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